Sunday, September 18, 2011

Grey and Yellow spread

I've been trying to get pictures of this on going project for weeks.  I cannot get a decent picture.  I apologize, but I wanted to share it anyway.  I've been playing with quilt as you go techniques for a while now.  I've made a bunch of pillows, which inspired this huge project, a king sized bedspread.
 This is what I've been doing with that big stack of grey and yellow fabric.  I'm making a king sized bedspread.  It's not a quilt because there's no batting.  I just wanted a light layer to throw over top of our two down comforters.  Yeah, Hubby and I can't share covers, so we each have our own queen sized down comforter, on a king sized bed.  It's warm and functional, but not pretty.  Enter the bedspread.
 I pieced the horizontal sections in strips about 12 to 18 inches tall.  Each section was made of WOF strips that I sewed together in different configurations.  Each section started off at least 3 WOF wide.  As I've been assembling the top, I've been off setting and trimming to 110 inches wide.  I'm using flannel for the back, so it won't slide when it's on the bed.
I started with one piece of flannel 110 inches long.  I laid one section on the flannel and quilted it down.  Then I laid another section right side down with the edge alined with the first section that was already sewn down.  I sewed the second section to the first one and the flannel backing as you can see in the picture.  Then I flipped the second section down and quilted it to the flannel.  As I got close to the edge of the first piece of flannel, I sewed a second piece of flannel to the first.  My goal was to never have more than one WOF of the backing rolled up in the throat of my sewing machine.  So far it's working.  I appear to have gotten slightly off of square, but it's not too bad and I'm getting close to the end of my second piece of backing.  My third piece of backing will go on the other side of the first, so again, I don't have too much fabric in throat of the machine.

I'm staying mostly horizontal, but with the occasional vertical to break things up.  I had a vague picture of where I wanted to go with this project, but each section was made improvisationally.  I'm trying to keep the same fabric from touching and to keep the seams from lining up.  I think it's going to be great when it's all done.  The only question will be whether our bedroom is hip enough for this bedspread.

Those are totally terrible pictures, aren't they?  Try taking pictures of something 88 inches by 110 by yourself in windy, sunny conditions.  It's hard.  There isn't a piece of floor in the house big enough to lay it out and our bedroom is too dark to lay it out on the bed.  I brought it to the DSMMQG meeting on Thursday and hopefully someone snapped a nice picture, they'll share with me.  The DSMMQG meeting was awesome by the way.

1 comment:

  1. I just LOVE it! I can't wait to see the finished product. And I may commission one for myself.